Learning & Development
At Saint Peter’s University, we value the education and personal development of the whole person– but this doesn’t just apply to our students. Employees of the University have available to them a wide variety of options to help them continue to learn and grow within our community.
Saint Peter’s is dedicated to providing all members of the University community with services that fulfill their religious and spiritual needs. The Jesuit tradition of cura personalis, or “care for the individual,” is evident in the many support services we offer that foster academic, personal and spiritual growth.
We support employees in their spiritual journeys. Individuals of all religious traditions are invited to learn from one another during Campus Ministry events and programs.
Service to others is an integral part of the Jesuit Tradition. Our community service activities are open to all members of the University community. Opportunities to volunteer include Midnight Runs to New York City to provide the homeless with food and clothing, group trips to a local soup kitchen to help prepare and serve food, Junkyard Dog days spent cleaning the streets of Jersey City, and frequent blood, food, and clothing drives throughout the year.
New Employee Orientation
Every new employee is welcomed to the University with an orientation focusing on policies, benefits, e-mail accounts, and other important Saint Peter’s-specific information. Group orientations are scheduled several times a year, and an overview of the policies and practices of the University is available for reference in the Employee Handbook.
Employees at Saint Peter’s University and their dependents have the opportunity to further their education at little to no cost. Many members of our staff and administration have obtained a bachelor’s degree, or have earned master’s degrees in our Education, Business, and Nursing programs. The University also participates in tuition exchange programs for eligible dependents with many Jesuit and independent colleges. Details are available in the Employee Handbook.
Faculty Research and Development
The Office of Faculty Research and Sponsored Programs (OFRSP) offers assistance to faculty and administrators in locating, writing, and processing government grants. Also handled through the OFRSP are internal faculty award applications such as those pertaining to fellowships and funding for research.
The Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CETL) seeks to support and foster the development of faculty as teachers and scholars and to create a venue for dialogue and sharing among faculty. The Center provides information and support for advising students, developing syllabi, researching and teaching.
Health and Wellness
Saint Peter’s employees are granted access to the many facilities at the Victor R. Yanitelli, S.J. Recreational Life Center (RLC) at no cost, with reduced rates for dependents. Offering an eight-lane swimming pool, a fitness center and weight room, and racquetball, squash and basketball courts, the RLC is a hub of resources that keeps our community fit and active. A diverse selection of fitness classes are available to accommodate a variety of fitness preferences. Free weekly fitness classes, including Body Toning, Fitness Boot Camp, Yoga and Zumba are available.
Discounted flu shots and health screenings are available on campus for the convenience of all members of the University community.
Our Annual Wellness Fair is intended to educate both students and staff on enjoying a healthful lifestyle, alternative therapies and overall wellness. Participating specialists often include chiropractors, mental health professionals, community outreach organizations and hospitals.
Professional Training and Development
Various departments on campus offer budget, customer service, and web trainings for our employees and faculty members on an ongoing basis.
The Instructional Technology Department offers one-on-one and group training opportunities for faculty, staff and administrators throughout the semester on topics including the Blackboard Content Management System and Microsoft Office Software.
The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) is the federal law that protects the privacy of education records. FERPA workshops are conducted annually at New Faculty Orientation, and throughout the year as needed for staff.
Social and Personal Development
The social and personal development of each individual is also nurtured at Saint Peter’s, with events like the “A Passion for…” series, featuring monthly lectures by staff on topics that are of personal interest.